Re: Implications of Votto Extension on Farm System?
It really is surprising to look at how much 1B talent we seem to have all of a sudden in the minors. Soto in AAA, Lutz in A+, Buckley in A... all of them have the potential to be major league starters someday.
All of them have spent time at different positions, but each case is fairly different. Soto has the most experience around the diamond, but has turned into a great 1B defender and it would perhaps would be a risky move to try to move him around. Lutz is still relatively inexperienced and has time to learn a new position, though he's not reportedly good on defense even at first base. He did seem to perform acceptably in LF when given the chance this spring training. Buckley has lots of 3B experience and has the most time to improve his play there, but was also a very poor defender and will be competing for time with another prospect, Junior Arias.
There are gonna be a lot of questions surrounding them, and all future minor league first basemen going forward. Can they adapt to a different position? Is it advantageous to try at this point in their careers? What value do they have to the Reds as first basemen? At what point do you make them trade bait? Is it even feasible that we might have a DH role to fill in the near future, if thats how the MLB goes? It's definitely a storyline to follow, because 12 years with a no trade clause at one position is an unprecedented amount of time for one position to be blocked.